The ongoing barrage of closures and redundancies at major AAA game development studios is not a true reflection of the state of the AAA business, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
In fact, he argues, gamers will see a thriving industry in full effect at this year’s E3, which he expects will feature an “army of huge franchises” from major publishers and platform holders.
Spencer has assured fans recently that this year’s Xbox E3 press briefing will be heavily focused on new game content.
The British government has been given the go ahead to insert coin into the UK video games industry, pressing start on games with a distinct national flavour. Could we see a next-gen update for Grand Theft Auto: London 1969?
European trade watchdogs have approved measures to grant games set or developed in Britain up to 25 per cent tax relief on their costs, but only if they meet certain criteria. For example, Grand Theft Auto V, despite being developed by Scottish company Rockstar North, wouldn’t qualify because it isn’t set in Britain.
Square Enix’ next Deus Ex game could be titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
The publisher has secured a trademarked for that phrase in UK, having filed on March 27, according to a listing on the OHIM website.
Square and developer Eidos Montreal confirmed back in October 2013 that it was working on a new Deus Ex game for next-gen consoles and PC.